Nine cashiers employed by City of Johannesburg officials at Pioneer Park and Southern Suburb swimming pools are set to appear in the Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday for alleged theft of approximately R40 000.
This comes as the City has embarked on a crackdown of fraud and corruption activities in its units, resulting in multiple arrests of officials at licensing departments, Johannesburg Theatre, and a property valuer, for various offences.
The nine City officials, cashiers at these public facilities, were arrested on Tuesday this week and later released on warning.
It is alleged that they pocketed cash payments made by residents using these facilities rather than depositing the payments to the City’s accounts between January and December of 2015.
This follows further investigation conducted by the City’s Anti-Corruption Unit headed by former Gauteng Hawks boss General Shadrack Sibiya.
In a statement, Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said an initial investigation had begun in November of 2015 but up until now had yielded few results.
Mashaba said he was proud of the stellar efforts made to weed out corruption from within the City. He said these efforts were crucial to delivering the clean governance that the people of Johannesburg deserve.
“Last week I announced that the City had allocated R38 million in the 2016/17 Adjustment Budget for the capacitation of the Anti-Corruption Unit within the City. The work that this team has produced without the required capacity is quite astonishing. I am excited to see what they are able to achieve when fully capacitated,” Mashaba said.
“The civil service is a calling centered on seeing to the needs of the public – our residents must always come first. Those who engage in corruption have willfully abandoned this calling. For them, there can be no space in this administration.”
Mashaba reiterated his message that corruption is public enemy number one in this City and that he would not rest until corrupt officials were exposed, sent to jail and stolen money returned.